Air Force demonstrates CBRN defense capabilities

An F-16 fighter pilot demonstrates aircrew entry during the Demonstration Day that took place at the Joint Base Andrews Facility. | Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force held its Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Demonstration Day earlier this month at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

"The event showcases Air Force-wide CBRN Defense capabilities to the senior leaders who directly impact our equipment modernization efforts," Allison Van Lare, Air Force District of Washington emergency management program manager, said.

The event allows leadership across the Department of Defense and the military to see Air Force operations in action and the challenges they face. Attendees were able to see contamination control procedures, CBRN reconnaissance, sampling, mobile laboratory capabilities and how personal protective equipment is used. Three areas of the Air Force CBRN Defense operations showcased their capabilities: Emergency Management, Aircrew Flight Equipment and the Surgeon General.

Major participants included representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and other agencies that are involved in the investment and financial decisions for the Air Force CBRN Modernization Working Group, which organized the demonstration event.

"With a better understanding of Air Force [concepts of operation], capabilities and specific challenges, the attendees can assist the Air Force in obtaining the kind of materiel solutions we need to improve our ability to fly, fight and win in a CBRN environment," Van Lare said.

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